A pink sky.
Lots of unanswered questions.
A moment was needed, but life doesn't stop.
Inhale / Rain / Exhale.
Here we go again.


|September| Breathing and enduring

For the past years, September was always the hardest month for me. The busiest and unhinged. This year, though, despite the demanding challenges I've had to face,  something was different. Firstly, I decided to try to meditate. I had tried before and to be honest, hated it, it felt like I was being brainwashed with my own consent (no good), so I decided it was not for me long ago. I'm glad I was willing to give it a try again (a nice side effect of my word of the year - play - which I hope to write about soon) and I think the three, five or ten minutes of meditation were so helpful. But the major factor of strengthens I've felt come from food intake. We have been changing our diet and I wholeheartedly believe that it was the key factor that allowed me to go through all the demands relatively positive and sane. Providing I was already quite the healthy eater, I never expected to notice such a difference as I did and it was such an empowering realization!
Even so, I'm glad September is over and I'm more than happy to welcome a calmer, tunned October.

|August| The special and ordinary moments

If you were to visit my home-town in August, you would be misguided by the French accent everywhere or by the foreign car plates on the road, that this is a touristic destination. It's not. It signals the massive arrival of emigrants for a short period to unite with their Portuguese families. But, as they are arriving with their vibrant energy, my little family usually gets called by the ocean, and we must go. In the meanwhile, there are chores, mess-ups, plans, readings, catnaps and dreams as I try to notice the little ordinary moments that make our life. Thank you, August. You were good to us.


Three wishes (conversations with JP)

I love books. I love to read them, to think about them and to talk about them.

Including children books, with my favourite little person, of course!

The conversations roused by reading a book before bedtime are becoming a favourite part of my day and usually give me valuable insights about what's going on in his life and his brain. Most days, we're all about silliness and fun and new discoveries and dreams and super powers... but sometimes, we discuss deep matters, as being left by someone, or how to keep loved ones close after death. I never know where the conversation will go.

What I'm learning:
  • it can go anywhere; 
  • I don't always know the answer; 
  • it is always fun to search for answers together.  
I absolutely love it.

Whilst he grows in age, awareness and reach, I feel uncertain about publishing these stories, as they are not just my stories anymore. At the same time, with the blog becoming smaller and smaller, there's a comforting sense of talking to a restrict number of friends. Friends who I'm sure like these little stories almost as much as I do. So, this one is especially for you:

By his words, the choice of desires,  if he happens to rub a lamp and a genie grants him three wishes:
  • To eat lots of sweets and candies without my tummy hurting
  • To sleep with my eyes open
  • To have all the powers of all the superheroes
PS: In that exact order!


July | Clarity

Life has been happening offline - this time it was not intentional, but I don't dislike it.

The web brings us so many good things, yet I'm noticing I find more clarity away from it. It is as if my brain doesn't quite know how to process information (even good information) in the new digital life. I can get easily excited and inspired but also overwhelmed and adrift.

July was all about finding/  stumbling on clarity! I feel 2017 has been such a restless year, I've been drifting a lot in so many areas of life... But, as I turn a half year and I enter a new decade in life, things are starting to make sense again, I am with a renewed sense of direction and meaning.

I don't have all the answers, of course. But I've been gathering information, experimenting, playing for the last few months, and just when all this wondering around was feeling unbearable, I found the glue that can tie it all together in the most unexpected place: through an intensive three-day work training on design thinking, which I ended up participating by chance. Life is a wonderful little box of surprises, isn't it?